Miss Piggy should bring home bacon
By Racing Editor LAWRENCE WADEY
SOUTH African riding star Felix Coetzee can continue his tremendous burst of form by taking the sixth event with Wong Tang-ping's Miss Piggy at Sha Tin this afternoon.
Ping has turned to Coetzee a couple of times in the past for significant bookings such as Northern Fire Ball and his engagement for Miss Piggy can be taken as a sign of stable confidence.
The 1,600-metre trip is a bit on the short side for the son of Crofthall but he has struck a weak event and basically can be regarded as a winner without a penalty following a luckless short-head second to Planet last time out.
Miss Piggy was brought with a beautifully timed challenge by Eric Legrix who had the misfortune to have his whip accidentally knocked from his hand with about 40 metres to run.
It was just at this point that Miss Piggy was getting the upper hand but without the encouragement of the stick, he didn't quite maintain his momentum which allowed Planet to win by little more than a nose.
This looks less competitive than the Miss Piggy-Planet contest and Planet has since underlined the merit of the form by running respectably in a Class Two event.
The main danger to Miss Piggy could well come from Neville Begg's Diamond Coast who showed his first sign of form since arriving from New Zealand when chasing home Colours Hero last time out over today's course and distance.
Ivan Allan's Our Champion ran third to Colours Hero and Diamond Coast on which form he must also be considered.
But it is hard to fancy many of the others in what looks to be a good betting race as it seems to be reducible to these three main hopes - Miss Piggy, Diamond Coast and Our Champion.
Coetzee and Ping also look to have a very big chance in the day's final event with Prince Baikal who has already won three times this season and was unlucky in running last time out when squeezed for room in the straight in the race won by Financial Star.
Prince Baikal had also missed work going into that race but has been impressing at the track in readiness for today's contest.
He must be a big quinella chance but he may just have to play second fiddle to William's Tact.
The four-year-old son of American stallion Tasso put in a highly creditable effort last time out when just failing to catch Golden Era over 1,400 metres at Sha Tin and should be suited by the move to a mile.
William's Tact and Golden Era pulled some 43/4 lengths clear of third-placed Allegresse which adds credence to the form as does the subsequent success of fourth-placed Electric Flash who was beaten five lengths.
William's Tact became a bit on edge prior to that last start so a paddock inspection is advised before any bets are placed this afternoon.
Ivan Allan's Just Delight must be respected as this is the worst company he has faced since arriving in the territory.
Allan and Basil Marcus look very hard to oppose in the day's opening event for which Camelot looks a banker.
He's a big, strong type for a two-year-old and shouldn't be worried too much by taking on the older horses. His is a very precocious breed.
The dangers look to be Daiquiri and Got It Made.